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The people, places, events and latest research of Canada’s subarctic and Arctic regions, one of the fastest-changing environments on Earth

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The dorsal fin of an adult humpback whale is satellite tagged to transmit the whale’s position and behaviour for approximately one month, part of Ari Friedlander's research supported by One Ocean Expeditions. (Photo: One Ocean Expeditions)

Photo: One Ocean Expeditions
Andrew Prossin, managing director of the Canadian expedition cruise operator, discusses polar science, the Victoria Strait Expedition and more 
Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd, "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame." Right: Boyd on board the ship Hobby in 1928.

Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd, "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame." (Image courtesy Dundurn Press) Right: Boyd onboard the Hobby during the 1928 mission to rescue Roald Amundsen. (Photo: Norsk Polarinstitutt [NPO18311])

Images courtesy Dundurn Press, Norsk Polarinstitutt
After inheriting her family's staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown
Duo Lakes near the Snake River in the Peel watershed area in Yukon.

Duo Lakes near the Snake River in the Peel watershed area in Yukon. The region has been the focus of a protracted legal battle over rights to develop the land. Earlier in December, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of several First Nations who want to see the majority of the pristine wilderness protected from mining activity. (Photo: Mike Thomas)

Photo: Mike Thomas
To many, the Yukon appears to be the vanguard of a growing Indigenous land power movement in Canada centred mostly in the North
A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

A moulting bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, in August 2016. New research out of UBC has found compelling evidence that the whales visit the sound in summer both to feed and to shed their dead skin by rubbing on large rocks. (Photo courtesy VDOS Global LLC)

Photo courtesy VDOS Global LLC
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

Homeward Bound's inaugural voyage in 2016 aboard the MV Ushuaia. (Photo: Deborah Pardo)

Photo: Deborah Pardo
Dr. Catherine Sorbara is the sole Canadian participating in Homeward Bound 2018, an annual three-week-long expedition in Antarctica aimed at bolstering women leaders in STEMM
Ed O’Loughlin author photo Minds of Winter

Canadian-born author Ed O’Loughlin’s third novel, Minds of Winter, is shortlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. (Images courtesy Quercus Books)

Images courtesy Quercus Books
The Canadian-born author and newly-minted Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on his Giller Prize-nominated third novel and the allure of maps
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NRCan researcher Joost van der Sanden measures the dielectric properties of the ice, used in estimating ice thickness with radar, along the Tibbitt-Contwoyto winter road at Gordon Lake, N.W.T. (Photo: Natural Resources Canada)

Photo: Natural Resources Canada
Researchers are tracking ice density, cracks and the impacts of truck traffic from space
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Joost van der Sanden, chercheur de RNCan, mesure les propriétés diélectriques de la glace, utilisées pour estimer l’épaisseur de la glace par radar, le long de la route d’hiver Tibbitt-Contwoyto au lac Gordon (T.N.-O.). (Photo : Ressources naturelles Canada)

Photo : Ressources naturelles Canada
Des chercheurs surveillent la densité de la glace, les fissures et l’impact de la circulation des camions depuis l’espace
A fox walking on the newly constructed Mackenzie Valley Highway

A red fox strolls on the newly constructed Mackenzie Valley Highway, a permanent overland link between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. (Photo: Chris Walker)

Photo: Chris Walker
The long-awaited permanent highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. opens next month. How will it impact the communities?
frozen in time

When it was first released in 1987, Frozen in Time (inset) introduced audiences to a captivating Arctic mystery. After giving up their secrets, the bodies of Franklin expedition crew members John Hartnell, John Torrington, and William Braine were returned to their frozen graves on Beechey Island (pictured). (Photo: Russell Potter; cover image courtesy Greystone Books)

Photo: Russell Potter; cover image courtesy Greystone Books
The re-release of Owen Beattie and John Geiger's Frozen in Time introduces a new generation to a captivating — and still unsolved — mystery 
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